Of the 18 Houston Schools buses inspected this year by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 14 were approved.

For the third straight year, the Cabool School District aced the state’s bus inspection grades.

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Cabool went 16-for-16 in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s 2017 testing announced last week by superintendent Col. Sandra K. Karsten. Licking was second in Texas County with 17 of its 18 buses receiving the top score.

A total of 12,047 school buses across Missouri were inspected by patrol personnel between Feb. 2 and May 5. The patrol said 90.24 percent were approved by inspection personnel with no defective items noted during inspection.

The patrol gives buses one of three ratings. Buses with no defective items are rated as “approved.” Buses having one or more defective items, which do not constitute an immediate danger, are rated as “defective.” Buses with any defective items which constitute an immediate danger are rated as “out-of-service.” 

Buses rated as “defective” may continue to be operated for the purpose of transporting students until repair is made. School districts are allowed 10 days following initial inspection to repair identified defects before being re-inspected by patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel. Buses rated as “out-of-service” must be repaired, re-inspected and placed back into service by patrol motor vehicle inspection personnel prior to being used to transport students. Buses not presented for re-inspection within the required 10-day period are reported to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Houston received approval for 14 of its fleet of 18 buses. Three were defective and one was deemed out of service. At last month’s school board meeting, the district approved purchasing a new bus.

Raymondville, Success and Summersville each had 75 percent of their respective buses approved. None were marked defective.

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Plato received the lowest score in the county at 64.3 percent approval. Four buses were scored defective and one was deemed out of service. 

Cabool and Licking were two of 276 districts statewide to receive the “Total Fleet Excellence Award” by obtaining an approval rating of 90-percent or higher with no out of service buses. Each bus in those districts is eligible to display a sticker recognizing the honor in the lower corner of the first window on the passenger-entry side of the bus.

Across the state, 925 buses were deemed defective and 251 marked out of service. 

“The annual school bus inspection program is one of the ways the Missouri State Highway Patrol serves and protects our children,” said Karsten. “Ensuring they have safe transportation to and from school and related events is a priority for the patrol.”

•Cabool: 16 inspected; 16 approved (100-percent for third straight year)

•Houston: 18 inspected; 14 approved (77.8-percent), 3 defective, 1 out of service.

•Licking: 18 inspected: 17 approved (94-percent), 1 defective.

•Plato: 14 inspected; 9 approved (64.3-percent), 4 defective, 1 out of service.

•Raymondville: 4 inspected; 3 approved (75-percent), 1 defective.

•Success: 4 inspected; 3 approved (75-percent), 1 defective.

•Summersville: 12 inspected; 9 approved (75-percent), 3 defective.

“The annual school bus inspection program is one of the ways the Missouri State Highway Patrol serves and protects our children.” 

– MSHP SUPERINTENDENT COL. SANDRA KARSTEN

STATEWIDE SCHOOL BUS INSPECTION RESULTS

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